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A TRIBUTE to Colin Dr. Colin Hudson
- Press release from the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment
on the death of Dr Colin Dr. Colin Hudson
“IN OUR WAY of life, with every decision we make, we always keep
in mind the Seventh Generation of children to come. When we walk upon
Mother Earth we always plant our feet carefully, because we know that
faces of future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground.
We never forget them” (Oren Lyons, Faith-keeper, Onondaga Nations,
Earth Day 1993 pledge)
THIS QUOTATION summarises eloquently the philosophy that guided Dr.
Colin Hudson 's approach to life. It was with great sadness this ministry
learnt of his passing.
It was especially distressing, given that
on Wednesday, February 18, this ministry launched the Barbados Sustainable
Development Policy, the preparation of which Dr. Colin Hudson was intimately
He served on the National Commission on Sustainable Development, the
body that supervised the production of the policy, from 1997 until his
Dr. Colin Hudson 's special stamp on Government's sustainable development
framework was his firm belief that “if you can't measure it, you
can't manage it'
This belief resulted in his advocating the development of mechanisms
to measure our impacts on our environment, whether it was our consumption
of water, how we affected our air, our use of fossil fuels or our generation
He was a major advocate of the ecological footprint methodology, whereby
through the use of indicators, one can measure the actual “footprint”
one leaves on the earth with respect to different elements such as our
use of energy, water and land and how much waste we generate. This theory
argues that everyone leaves a footprint on the earth in his or n. her
A person who lived incorporating the concepts of sustainable development
does minimal damage and leaves a small footprint on our planet thereby
safeguarding it for future generations. a
Dr. Colin Hudson firmly believed in this theory and lived his life
ensuring that his ecologicalI footprint was a small one.
Many remember the enthusiasm and effort he put into the creation of
the Village Of Hope exhibition which was developed to complement the
United Nations Global Conference on the Sustainable Development Of Small
Island States (SIDS) which was hosted by Barbados in 1994. This conference
gave birth to a programme of action for sustainable development in SIDS.
The exhibition received international acclaim for its creative portrayal
of issues affecting sustainable development.
Dr. Colin Hudson was a deeply committed naturalist. His input into
the national discussion on sustainable development reflected a love
for the land and its natural resources, as well as an impressive knowledge
of Barbados' cultural heritage.
His expertise has helped to educate and sensitise many people involved
management of natural ecosystems, especially in recent times, our gullies.
He believed that gullies, as the last bastions of natura1 vegetation
on this island, were sources of tranquillity and serenity for people
seeking alternatives to the modern day hustle and bustle.
Dr. Colin Hudson 's death has left a great void in the national movement
to sustainably manage the country's natural resources. His commitment
to the protection of the environment was tireless. He was greatly admired
by his colleagues.
The minister and staff of the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment
mourn his passing and extend their sympathies to his family and friends.